- Year of Death: 1992
- Experiment: Working With Novichok 5 Nerve Agent
- Cause of Death: Horrific Health Complications From Nerve Agent
Andrei Zheleznyakov was a Soviet scientist known for developing chemical weapons. Of course, we can state that many scientists who developed chemical weapons for the Soviet Union were forced to do so. Very few had the “option” to do this if the Soviet Leadership wanted them to do it. During the 1980s, Andrei helped to invent a nerve agent known as Novichok 5, considered to be one of the most impressive nerve agents ever invented. Yet he’d soon join our list of killer science experiments while working with the agent in 1987.
This was when a small bit of residue from the Novichok got on him while he was in the Moscow Laboratory. This critically injured Andrei, causing him to lose consciousness for 10 days. He was given the antidote to the Novichok almost immediately after getting it on him. Yet the effects were critical. When he awoke, he had lost the ability to walk, had chronic weakness in harms arms, toxic hepatitis, epilepsy, severe depression, and the inability to read or concentrate for very long. After 5 years of agonizing deterioration, he finally passed away in 1992.